#MeetTheNewbs ~ Melissa Grey Author of Girl At Midnight (Guest Post)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Melissa Grey:

Melissa Grey penned her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped writing since. As an undergrad at Yale, she learned how ride a horse and shoot a bow and arrow at the same time, but hasn't had much use for that skill since graduating in 2008. 

Meet Her Debut Novel:

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire

I've heard nothing but awesome things about Melissa Grey's debut! It's been compared to The Mortal Instruments and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Those are some huge connections, and I can't wait to see how awesome it is!

Interview with Melissa:

To start off: describe your book in five words or less.

Klepto's high stakes scavenger hunt.

What’s your favorite part of being a debut author? 

Seeing my book on store shelves for the first time. Nothing beats that! 

What was your favorite thing about the first day of a new school year?

School supplies! I've always loved school supplies. I haven't had a first day of school in a while but being a writer means I still get to indulge in my love of school supplies. 

What inspired you to write an Urban Fantasy?

I didn't set out to write Urban Fantasy specifically. Fantasy has always been my jam so it was inevitable. I wanted to write this particular story and it has magic and that makes it fantasy. I grew up in New York City and wanted to incorporate that into part of the book so I guess that's how the urban part happened. 

What were some of your favorite fantasy and paranormal books when you were a teen?

NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman
THE MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley
BLACK SWAN by Mercedes Lackey 

How long did it take for you write your book? 

Oh, I really don't know. I started it years ago but went to grad school and stopped working on it for a while when I wrote my dissertation and wrote another book and quit that one halfway through and went back to it and put it aside and went back to it again and so on. Maybe five years total including all that? In terms of actual writing time, less than that. I don't know. It was cooking for a while. 

For those who enjoyed your book, what other books would you recommend for them?

I would definitely recommend THE WITCH HUNTER by Virginia Boecker, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh, SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo, A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by VE Schwab, THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black, and THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater. 

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  1. Love this giveaway! I have been wanting to read this one.

  2. Ah, I definitely agree--school supplies are the only thing I like about the first day of school, haha. Seeing that you have everything you need and that everything's still organized--hurrah!

  3. I really have to read this one. I thought I might be able to read it this week, but I won't, so I hope next week maybe.

  4. The Wrath and The Dawn certainly looks promising! I can't wait to read it. I am still in the midst of reading this book, but am really enjoying it so far :)

  5. This book is in my TBR pile we speak. I had no idea this was her debut novel! How cool is that?? It's becoming more and more popular. Thanks for the interview because I always love hearing about the author behind the story. :)

  6. I actually got to hear Melissa Grey read part of her book at a Geek Girl Lunch. She was awesome and it sounds great. I couldn't resist buying a copy of the book while I was there.

  7. I read and loved The Girl At Midnight and I was super happy to meet Melissa at BEA at the Six of Crows line, she was so nice and signed bookmarks for us and took pics with us, love her!


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